Aleksandr Kurakin

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Kurakin, Aleksandr Borisovich


Born July 31 (Aug. 10), 1697, in Moscow; died Oct. 2 (13), 1749. Prince; Russian statesman; senator (from 1741). Son of B. I. Kurakin.

Kurakin was one of the first Russians to receive a hometutorial education abroad; he mastered several European languages. In 1722–24 he served as Russian ambassador in Paris, where he acted under his father’s guidance. They succeeded in securing France’s aid in maintaining peace between Russia and Turkey during Peter I’s Persian Campaign of 1722–23. In 1729, Kurakin returned to Russia, where his activity was limited to service at the court.